Auwae is a 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman from Kapolei High School in Kapolei, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. He is the No. 1 ranked center prospect in the West and the No. 9 center in the country.
If Auwae wanted to make an unofficial trip to Arizona State, the round-trip flight for one person alone is going to cost about $650, never mind the rest of the travel expenses, like hotel and car rental. For recruits from the islands, it can be cost prohibitive.
Understandably, Auwae is not going to make an unofficial trip to ASU. But, he said he wants to make an official trip to ASU and the Sun Devils are in his top five schools right now.
Auwae is interested in playing for ASU because of his relationship with offensive line coach Chris Thomsen and he can see himself fitting well in the ASU offense.
“I think they’re a great school,” Auwae said. “They’re very up there. I like coach Chris Thomsen a lot. He’s always in contact with me so that’s a good thing…Most likely I’ll take an official visit over there when I can.”
Midway through is high school football season, he will cut his list down to five. Those five schools will then get the opportunity to host Auwae on an official visit.
Auwae said ASU is already guaranteed a spot in his top five. He also said he is set on making official visits to Louisville and Texas Tech. Therefore, it can be inferred the Cardinals and Red Raiders are also at the top of his list.
When Auwae finally does travel to Tempe, it will be the most important weekend of his recruitment by ASU. Auwae admitted that the official trip is more important to a recruit like him from Hawaii because making an unofficial trip is so difficult.
ASU coaches’ recruiting phone calls and visits also are paramount when it comes to Auwae’s commitment. So far, Auwae said Thomsen has done a solid job contacting him.
Auwae said Thomsen offered him a scholarship in January and they've been in constant contact ever since and Thomsen has traveled to Hawaii three times to visit Auwae and fellow Hawaiian offensive line target Michael Eletise.
Auwae also respects Thomsen’s coaching abilities.
“He made some pretty good o-linemen over there from what I’ve heard from my head coach,” Auwae said.
Auwae said he watched a lot of ASU highlights on YouTube and loves the Sun Devils’ fast-paced, no huddle style of offense.
He said his high school team just brought in a new offensive coordinator who runs a similar style of offense.
Auwae said Thomsen is recruiting him to be a center but Thomsen told him he can play anywhere on the line if he earns the position.
Auwae said he would enjoy that responsibility.
“I don’t really like the huddle type of offense,” Auwae said. “I just like going at them and attacking. So that’s really what I like about ASU.”
Auwae said he should make his commitment after taking all five of his official visits.